Student and Alumni News

Our student Yona Stamatis, Barnard '04, has just released her first CD Rembetiki Istoria. The CD can be ordered online.

Karen Emmerich is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She translated Amanda Michalopoulou's Why I Killed my Best Friend (Open Letter, 2013) and co-translated (with Edmund Keeley) Yiannis Ritsos's Diaries of Exile (Archipelago, Fall 2012).

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins' doctoral thesis at Columbia was an ethnographic examination of the intersections of garbage, sewage and waste markets with the changing nature of local governance and occupation in post-Oslo Palestine. In 2012-2013, she presented papers on aspects of her research at the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (in San Francisco) and at the Middle East Studies Association (in Denver). She received the Sheldon Scheps Memorial Fellowship. In September 2013, she will begin teaching at Bard College in upstate New York, where she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Program.  

Jessica Aldridge recently completed two Master degrees at Yale: an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management (MEM). She is now moving back to New York to work under Governor Cuomo's aggressive statewide push toward a greener New York State. After a semester last year in China she looks forward to returning to her Greek this summer. 

Chloe Tsolakoglou, PhD student in English & Comparative Literature, has recently translated the novel The Commune by Marios Chakkas. 

Michael Anthony Fowler was awarded the M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Art History and Archaeology, with a concentration on ancient Greece and the Near East. He co-authored (with Ioannis Mylonopoulos) entries on Central Greece and Thessaly for volume 25 (2012) of the Chronique archéologique de la religion grecque(ChronARG)was appointed assistant editor of reviews for the Association for Coroplastic Studies (ACOST), and interned for a second consecutive summer at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, during which he produced an English translation of the handbook Το Ναυάγιο των Αντικυθήρων: Η τεχνολογία του πλοίου, του φορτίου, του Μηχανισμού (2012). 

Soo-Young Kim received a Fulbright Research Grant and a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Athens during the 2013-2014 academic year. In November 2012 she presented a paper entitled “Coming of Age in Austerity” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Victor Plamenov Petrov has taken both halves of the Intermediate Greek course this year, with Vangelis Calotychos and Toby Lee. He is preparing for his PhD research in Bulgaria and Greece, and will be spending time in Athens this summer doing preliminary research in the state archives. He is also currently preparing an article on technical assistance to Greece during the Cold War.

Alexis Radisoglou has continued to work on his dissertation and is currently writing a chapter on the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, titled “What Does the Auteur Produce: Cinematic Form, Historical Time, and the Politics of Aesthetic Production in the Films of Theo Angelopoulos.” He has been invited to give a talk on Angelopoulos's films at the international conference Contemporary Greek Film Cultures in London, UK, and has received an international travel fellowship to conduct research in Germany and Greece in the fall of 2013. Alexis was also the TA for the course The World Responds to the Greeks – Modernity, Postcoloniality, Globality and served as the rapporteur to the Modern Greek Seminar at Columbia University.